noun (plural instabilities)
- 1Lack of stability; the state of being unstable: political and economic instabilityMore example sentences
- Economic hardship and popular demoralisation may create social and political instabilities which are more formidable threats to the regime than war with South Korea.
- Economic or political instabilities within Pakistan could easily ignite the conflict once more.
- Some simple arithmetic can give us a broader view of these structural instabilities.
- 1.1Tendency to unpredictable behavior or erratic changes of mood: she showed increasing signs of mental instabilityMore example sentences
- It emerged that Sharpe had a history of mental instability and had had psychiatric treatment.
- He is unbalanced, and that mental instability makes him a danger to himself and to others.
- This may be a reflection of Victorian attitudes towards mental instability.
late Middle English: from French instabilité, from Latin instabilitas, from instabilis, from in- 'not' + stabilis (see stable1).